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Date: Apr. 19, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. David A. Miller. Description: Come hear our Parish Minister candidate speak to the congregation for the first time. Music: Chorale. Monthly theme: Wilderness. Religious Exploration: RE classes are all in session. Grades K-6 begin in the Chapel.
"Yearnings Fulfilled and Yet To Be"
Date: Apr. 26, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. David A. Miller. Description: Come hear our Parish Minister candidate as he delivers his second sermon at UUCF. After the 11:15 a.m. service we'll hold a congregational meeting during which members will vote on whether to call Rev. Miller as our new Parish Minister. Music: UUCF Jazz Band. Monthly theme: Wilderness. Religious Exploration: RE classes are all in session. Grades K-6 begin in the Chapel. Lay Minister for Education Lydia Lewis will lead Chapel.
Worship Café is a new and more intimate way to explore our worship topics through music, readings and small group conversations. Every Saturday, starting Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary Commons.
Date: Apr. 18, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Minister: Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig. Description: Music: Dashboard Divas. Monthly theme: Wilderness. Religious Exploration: RE at Sunday services only.
"Yearnings Fulfilled and Yet To Be"
Date: Apr. 25, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Minister: Rev. David A. Miller. Description: Come hear our Parish Minister candidate as he leads his first Worship Café. Music: Sally Nystrom and YongIn Kim, harps. Monthly theme: Wilderness. Religious Exploration: RE at Sunday services only.
“The necessity of Earth Day”
by Acting Minister for Social Justice John Monroe. Someday, we hope, Earth Day will not be necessary. Someday, each of us will recognize that our well-being is wholly interwoven with the well-being of the rest of this planet. Someday, each of us will understand that humanity is not apart from or above nature but part and parcel of it And someday, this realization will be reflected in the laws and policies of our communities, our nation and world. Someday, but not today. Today, we need Earth Day to awaken us to the amazing web of life of which we are a part – and to inspire us, to mobilize us, to take whatever steps are necessary to sustain and protect that web of life. That is why we celebrate Earth Day. This coming weekend, ahead of Earth Day on Apr. 22, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) has put together an amazing program that touches on the many dimensions of our current environmental concerns. Events kick off on Fri., Apr. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax, with a screening of the Academy Award-winning film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” The film sheds light on the intersection between climate justice and racial justice. Jacqui Patterson, director of NAACP’s Environment and Climate Justice program, will moderate a discussion after the film. On Sat. Apr. 18, from 1-4:30 p.m., Unity of Fairfax will host the Earth Day Symposium. This event will feature a thought-provoking address by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation and a professor in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University, followed by a panel of religious and community leaders and eight breakout sessions. Please RSVP for this event here. The day will conclude with a Climate Jam benefit concert in the UUCF Sanctuary. The concert, starting at 7:30 p.m., will feature Craig Phillips, Debu Nayak and Soumya Chakraverty (Indian classical), SongRise (progressive a capella), Kofi Dennis (African percussion) and the UUCF Earth Band (green rock). $10 suggested donation, children are free (child care provided). Email by Apr. 15 to reserve child care. Many thanks to FACS for putting together a program that offers many different ways to explore, learn and celebrate our place in this sacred web of life.
Introducing our new Parish Minister candidate
Apr. 2, 2015. Rev. David A. Miller After a thorough and enriching search process, the Parish Minister Search Team is excited to present Rev. David A. Miller for your consideration as UUCF Parish Minister. Since 2009, Rev. Miller has served as the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in southern California. David was raised Jewish in the Skokie/Evanston area just north of Chicago. He has a B.S. degree in political science from the University of Utah and received his master of divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology in 2008 with an emphasis in social transformation. Before he was called to the ministry, David spent more than 25 years in executive management, strategic planning, marketing, business development and fundraising with private sector and non-profit organizations. David now serves the San Diego County UU Cluster as the ministerial coordinator of the San Diego County Unitarian Universalist Network (SUUN), as a member of the PSWD Ministerial Transitions Team and as a district consultant for boards for strategic planning and mission/vision retreats. David has also served Unitarian Universalism as a member of the Standing on the Side of Love National Creative Advisory Team. If you would like to read more about David, please see his ministerial website. The password is uuminister. The Search Team can attest that David brings exuberant energy and humor, a warm and authentic presence and a passion for social justice to his ministry. David’s wife, Alice King, is the young adult and campus ministry coordinator for the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and a candidate for UU ministry studying at Meadville Lombard. Outside of work, David has retired from many years of softball, basketball and ultimate Frisbee and now enjoys walks with Alice, cooking (when there is time), movies, music (both listening and singing, djembe and cajon drumming) and has recently discovered spin and total body gravity machine workouts. We know you will warmly welcome David and Alice when they visit us Apr. 18-26. We encourage everyone to participate in the various opportunities offered that week. David will lead UUCF’s worship on Sun. Apr. 19, Worship Cafe on Sat., Apr. 25, and worship on Sun., Apr. 26. In addition to numerous meetings with groups across UUCF throughout the week, we have created four events for the entire UUCF community: Sun., Apr. 19, 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Potluck following the second service Mon., Apr. 20, 7-8 p.m. – Dessert and open Q&A Thu., Apr. 23, 10 a.m.-noon – Coffee with the Candidate Fri., Apr. 24, 5-8 p.m. – Family Game Night Potluck And, finally, please plan to attend the congregational vote on Sun., Apr. 26, 12:30-1:30 p.m., when all members will decide whether to call the Rev. David A. Miller as UUCF’s new Parish Minister. We’ll all be on hand this Sunday during services to share our excitement about David with you. Spring is everywhere around us, friends. Come celebrate with us! With delight, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team From left: Meghan Crowley, Bob Hatfield (co-chair), Kathy Smerke-Hochberg, Michael Liggett, Kathy Birnbaum, David Addis and Debbie Boehm-Davis (chair) email@example.com
Next step: Candidating Week
Mar. 20, 2015. As the Parish Minister Search Team finishes its discernment, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the search process. Most importantly, we ask that you mark your calendars. Candidating week for our newly nominated parish minister is Apr. 18-26 at UUCF. UUCF members will vote whether to call this minister at a special meeting on Sun., Apr. 26, at 12:30 p.m. We need a quorum of members (larger than for regular meetings) for this vote. This is a special afternoon, filled with energy, and a great opportunity for old and new friends to gather. Please, please, please attend! We also seek your suggestions about Candidating Week activities. We’re looking for a balance that will achieve breadth of exposure, depth of interaction and mutual learning. Starting with the UUCF calendar, we have begun framing the week. We are planning several open events so that each of you has an opportunity to interact. If you have any special ideas or requests, please email us at UUCF.firstname.lastname@example.org. We will honor as many requests as possible, being careful to leave time for the candidate to evaluate housing options and get sufficient rest/reflection so that he or she can thrive during their time with us. We would note that the weekends we have spent with our pre-candidates have reinforced for us how lucky we are as a community. Your online survey inputs, feedback at member forums, one-on-one verbal feedback, emails – even two traditional letters – made it very clear which traits, talents and experience we should seek and we found amazing pre-candidates who embodied those skills. We are reminded, though, that the greatest strength of a congregation is the community itself – of which the minister is only one part. That being said, when we are able to name the nominated candidate, we are certain you will see exactly why we are feeling so optimistic about UUCF’s future! Wow. We are honored to work alongside you to make this beloved place our home. UUCF Parish Minister Search Team